Hazratullah, a young shopkeeper from Jalalabad, is a recent graduate of APEP's Accelerated Learning courses. He says it has helped change his life. "Now I am able to calculate purchases with numbers. If someone borrows from my store, I am able to write down who has borrowed and how much. ... If you are uneducated, you cannot accomplish much in life."
The wild pistachio woodlands of Afghanistan have declined rapidly over the past 30 years, from 40 to 100 trees per hectare to the current estimate of 20 to 40 trees per hectare due primarily to cutting of trees, over grazing, and damage to trees through uncontrolled harvesting of the pistachio nuts. The natural pistachio woodlands have significant environmental and economic value to Afghans.
USAID’s Alternative Livelihoods Program for Eastern Afghanistan (ALP/E) is supporting the establishment and strengthening of women-owned enterprises in several fields of economic activity, providing training and assistance in all sorts of trades, including commercial poultry operations, vegetable seedling enterprises, forestry nurseries and agro-processing. ALP/E is also promoting the participation of vulnerable women in the labor force, by providing them with new ways to earn a living.
Sara, 16, from the village of Mirza Abdul Qader near Kabul, is a recent graduate of APEP's Accelerated Learning courses. She, along with other girls and young women, make up 56% of the program's graduates. According to Sara, "Under the Taliban we were unable to obtain an education. Now we are able to enroll in school and read simple things like street signs and write as well."
Last updated: December 30, 2014